By JIM MAURER
CAREY — Carey school board approved a resolution Monday to allow the athletic boosters to begin work at the sites of future baseball and softball diamonds on school-owned property, “to the extent their funds and donations will allow.”
In March, Dan Vaughn, with the Carey Athletic Boosters, and Joey Roark, high school baseball coach, presented the idea to consolidate the athletic fields at the school site.
Fundraising continues toward the estimated $265,000 goal, and donations continue to be accepted.
After Monday’s meeting, Superintendent Mike Wank said the organization may request school board funding assistance as the project proceeds with “end” items such as fencing and sidewalks.
Any request will be brought to the board for approval.
Drainage and grading has already begun in the area, Wank said.
The baseball field will replace a diamond in nearby Memorial Park, while the softball field will replace one in Waterworks Park across town. The two fields will be on school property near the track, which is already located on school property.
There will not be field lights, but they could be installed later.
The fields may be ready for play near the end of the 2019 season, but Wank said officials want to make sure the work is done right, even if it means not using the fields until the 2020 season.
The two new diamonds will be used only by the high school teams.
The area will include a press box designed for use on both fields, and a concession stand. Split-face block would be used in the construction, and fences would be navy blue to match the school colors.
The fields would have turf grass infields, with dirt cutouts around the bases, to save on maintenance costs.
Separately, the board approved the annual $125 payment to Future Farmers of America students and their adviser for their competition Oct. 24-27 at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Also, the board approved an easement agreement with Columbia Gas of Ohio for extension of a natural gas supply line across school property.
The board also approved a $1,000 grant from Wyandot County Community Foundation to purchase playground equipment for students with disabilities. National Lime and Stone Foundation also contributed to the project.
Separately, Elementary Principal Tammy Wagner said there are 338 students enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade, up from 315 who finished classes last year.
There are also 61 students in the district’s preschool program.
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